About Milt Shook

A writer with 40 years in the political game (and let's face it, it is a game). I am a liberal because facts have a liberal bias, and I really like facts. If you like facts, you'll like this blog. If not, you'll have a hard time.

Why Wait? Impeach Trump Now

I am with all those who dream mightily of the day when the Mueller Report is complete and law enforcement officers arrive at the White House to drag the entire Trump family off to jail. In our most fervent dreams, … Continue reading

The Squeeze

The “conventional wisdom” is that Republicans always march in lockstep on absolutely everything. Therefore, because that is true, it’s always possible to know what they will do on every issue. What you need to know, however, is that “conventional wisdom” … Continue reading

Welcome to the Real World: The Racism of the GOP

Let me just say this… If you are surprised that today’s Republicans are racist, you really haven’t been paying attention. Over the weekend, the reliably racist Rep. Steve King of Iowa asked the following question of a New York Times … Continue reading

The Truth About Trump the “Dealmaker”

Most of us who have watched his career over the years know this already, but apparently, a lot of people are under the impression Donald Trump is just one hell of a dealmaker. This is absurd. First of all, he … Continue reading

Why a Border Wall is a Dumb Idea

Right now, the “president” is using the force of his “will” (in this case, a hissy fit) to use government workers as hostages in his last-ditch effort to start building a wall on our entire southern border, as he promised … Continue reading

Why NOT Bernie Sanders

I have to admit it; I actually like a lot of what Bernie Sanders has to say. I am a white liberal, after all. I used to look forward to “Brunch With Bernie” every Friday on the Thom Hartmann Show, … Continue reading

Impeachment is Very Pragmatic

I am being bombarded today. I know, this happens a lot. The subject this time? Impeachment. I shit you not. It’s amazing how many Democrats and far lefties think we should hold up on impeaching Donny until we know for … Continue reading

The Real Purpose of a Primary

It’s really tempting to vote for a savior in the Democratic Primary, but part of being a progressive pragmatist comes with knowing that’s not what the primary is for. The purpose of a primary is not to perfect the Democratic … Continue reading

Pragmatism, Not Stridency, is the Key to Progress

In the news this weekend was a cautionary tale every progressive should learn from. (Source) Outgoing Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly said Democrats need to be careful in promoting too many progressive ideas in red states like his because they’ll … Continue reading

It’s Trump’s Incompetence, Stupid

It’s time to be honest here… If you think Donald Trump has some overarching goal in mind with everything he does, well… I don’t know what you’re taking, but you have to be crazy because Trump doesn’t work that way. … Continue reading

Take Your Polls and Shove Them…

As I write this, it is December 27, 2018. We are less than two months out of the most satisfying midterm election in a generation, and there are at least 13 months to go before the first caucus and almost … Continue reading

What Liberals and Progressives Have to Lose

Whenever I go on Twitter, I am confronted by Bernie Stans many of whom seem intent on reliving 2016. And while some are quite possibly Russian bots, many of them are twits who pretend to be “progressive,” when in fact, … Continue reading

Election Day: The Life of the Country Depends on Your Vote

There is only one reason to vote today, but it is the most profound reason anyone can think of.  The democracy made a mistake in 2016 and elected a wholly incompetent sociopath to head the government. That’s NOT the reason. … Continue reading

Vote Tomorrow: Use It or Lose It

There are three absolute truths about democracy; You have to maintain it. You have to use your vote to keep the government in the hands of decent people, or you run the risk of losing it forever.Democracy is not an optional … Continue reading

Two Days to Go: Don’t Forget the Gun Problem

It’s only been eight-and-a-half months since the kids from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School suffered what would be seen as an unthinkable tragedy in virtually any other free country in the world. In response, many of the survivors rose up as … Continue reading